Monsignor James Benavente cleared of allegations


Updated: Sep 29, 2016

By Sabrina Salas Matanane

“I’m grateful for the vindication,” Monsignor James Benavente said during a press conference in which it was announced that he was cleared of any allegations of financial mismanagement. In July 2014 Archbishop Anthony Apuron removed him as Rector of the Dulce Nombre De Maria Cathedral Basilica and Director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese.

Monsignor Benavente said although grateful it’s not a time to celebrate but instead to roll up our sleeves to continue the critical work of reconciling and rebuilding our archdiocese. Concerned Catholics of Guam Andrew Camacho was at the press conference he said this is a step in the right direction but adds the CCOG is asking the Archdiocese for the status of the Church’s investigation of Fr. Luis Camacho.

Over a year ago the priest was arrested for Custodial Interference. He allegedly took a minor from school and was caught allegedly engaging in sexual contact with her.

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